Michael Burwell was recently announced as the new Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson following the retirement of is predecessor Roger Millay. Willis Towers Watson Chief Executive Officer John Haley with the announcement of Mr. Burwell joining the company said in summary that the company was excited to have Mr. Burwell as part of their leadership organization during a crucial point in the company’s development. He went on to say Mr. Burwell’s understanding of the leadership requirements necessary to produce results in a complicated, worldwide company that places a heavy emphasis on their clients. He said he felt confident that Mr. Michael Burwell’s expertise and experience in transactions and finance made him well qualified to guide the company’s growth strategy and will allow Willis Towers Watson to reach its full potential.
Recently Mr. Michael Burwell discussed how he maximizes his productivity during the workday. One key concept he utilizes is learning how to accomplish more with less. He believes technology has drastically enhanced people’s lives in a number of ways, making it possible to complete more work in a given day than ever before. He emphasized the need to take advantage of technology and utilize all of the tools at your disposal in order to maximize productivity. By utilizing the tools and technology available to us we can refine our operations and increase efficiency. He says the advantage he receives from using these tools allows him to accomplish more on a daily basis.
Another area of emphasis he feels strongly about is networking and the ability to communicate. He believes it is necessary to nurture relationships for business but communication is also important and all facets of life and he believes in putting an effort into listening to the information being conveyed. Quality communication between teams, peers, clients, and potential investors is extremely important to achieving success in any business. By taking the time to listen and offering pertinent advice that enables the other party to deal with the issue or to achieve the goal they have set forth we increase the value of the relationship with the client or colleague.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Mr. Burwell spent more than three decades at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, rising through the ranks to become the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as the Vice Chairman of Global and U.S. transformation. Mr. Burwell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.